Fast-food joints make it seem so easy: Pull up, order a colorfully packaged box (emblazoned with a smile, no less), and—poof!—dinner is served. But behind the relentless commercials, grinning clowns, and movie-themed toys lies a grim reality. Fast-food kids’ meals are junk.
And it’s no laughing matter. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years, according to the CDC. Yet we’re increasingly turning to these restaurants for meals: In 2011 the top 15 U.S. fast-food chains made a combined $115 billion in sales, reports Business Insider.
So what exactly are we feeding our kids? Click through to see some of the worst offenders. You might just decide to eat at home tonight.
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